Pothole blitz launched by City of Montreal
Repair crews take to the streets after fluctuating temperatures left roads riddled with potholes
City crews are taking advantage of the warmer weather and clear conditions to patch up Montreal's roads.
The City of Montreal announced a 10-day pothole blitz today after several weeks of extreme temperature fluctuations that wreaked havoc on city streets.
- Between 35,000 and 50,000 potholes are filled in Montreal each year.
- More than 4,600 tonnes of asphalt are used to fix them.
- In 2013, the city spent $2.5 million on repairing potholes.
This will be the the second pothole operation of the season. In a blitz last month, crews were able to repair about 5,000 potholes.
Vice-president of the city's executive committee Anie Samson said a good part of the work will take place during the night, in order to reduce conflicts with downtown traffic.
Overall, the city has spent an average $125 million a year on road repairs. Last year, the city spent $2.5 million on repairing potholes.